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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

John Pope Quintet @ The Bridge Hotel July 3 - A Tribute to Ornette Coleman

Jamie Stockbridge (alto sax), Faye MacCalman (Tenor); Graham Hardy (trumpet); John Pope (bass); Johnny Hunter (drums)
Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew). 
This gig was conceived to commemorate a memorable 50th anniversary – luckily this was not in recognition of England winning the 1966 World Cup but rather a celebration of Jazz North East’s 50th birthday where they had the honour of hosting the great Ornette Coleman trio. True to form our 50 years of football hurt continues. England’s defeat against Iceland meant that rather than being obliged to stay at home and suffer their inevitable Euro quarter-final penalty shootout defeat against France the assembled audience were able to enjoy a spellbinding performance from this absolutely fabulous quintet.
Unusually, it seemed to take the audience a while to get going as the band really hit the ground running right from the kickoff. But once the crowd picked up the groove there was no turning back. Playing numbers from all periods of Coleman’s canon the quintet really did manage to evoke the spirit of the great man who sadly departed last year. It would be unfair to single out any member of the band because they were all equally superb conjuring up enthralling solos in conjunction with great ensemble playing. The band seemed to be visibly enjoying themselves and their enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment transferred itself to the highly attentive audience. Hopefully, this gig won’t just be a one off and this project will continue to develop enabling many more music fans to enjoy the experience of The Ornate Coalmen.
Steve H.

1 comment :

  1. Here, here to them doing it again. Couldn't make it unfortunately but won't miss it a second time.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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